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Deeper Into the Red Zone - Mark Saltveit, BGN
Is Foles really better than Vick inside the 20? Or is the problem elsewhere?
Game Preview – Eagles at Bucs - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Some of you wondered about my comments on Foles and how "he didn’t blow me away last week". Nick did a good job. No one can dispute that. I’m looking to see if he can be a franchise QB, not just a starter. I think Foles can be a starter, but our goal is to win the Super Bowl. You need a stud QB to do that. You can argue about Flacco (2012) and Eli (2011), but those guys were 1st round picks and they’re better players than their critics give them credit for. You don’t have to have Tom Brady or Peyton Manning to win, but you do need more than Andy Dalton or Matt Schaub. Heck, Matt Ryan and Tony Romo have combined for only 2 playoff wins.
Big Challenge For LeSean McCoy Vs. Bucs - Danta Klaus, PE.com
On Sunday the Eagles will face a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that ranks ninth in the league against the run, only giving up 94.3 yards per game, and tied for seventh in yards per attempt (3.7). Last week, the Eagles went up against a New York Giants run defense that was among the league’s worst, and the thought going into the game was that LeSean McCoy and company would have a field day. That was not the case, however, as the Giants front four consistently made plays up front by beating blocks and stuffing runs in the backfield. McCoy was held to a season-low 46 yards (on 20 carries) and 2.3 yards-per-carry average, including seven carries for negative-4 yards in the second half, and the inside-zone run call was rendered ineffective.
Cheat Sheet: Eagles D Vs. Tampa’s Offense - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
2. Two weeks ago, rookie Mike Glennon made his first career start in a 13-10 loss to the Cardinals. Glennon completed 24 of 43 passes (55.8 percent) and averaged just 4.5 yards per attempt. He threw one touchdown and was picked off twice. One of his interceptions was especially costly as Glennon threw behind Vincent Jackson and gave the Cardinals’ offense possession in the red zone where it scored its lone touchdown of the game. Overall, the Bucs have the 28th-ranked pass offense, per Football Outsiders, and the Eagles are 28th against the pass. Glennon (6-7) is a pure pocket passer. In his debut, he took two shots on throws 20+ yards downfield, but didn’t complete either one, per Pro Football Focus.
Healthier Barkley ready if needed - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
Barkley and the Eagles are now saying he's had more zip on his throws, although it's difficult to say for certain since practices have been closed since the start of the season. His repetitions have been limited, too, with Michael Vick and Nick Foles still ahead on the depth chart.
Roob's 25 random points: WRs, Foles & more - CSN Philly
1. The question I get asked the most these days is: why aren’t the Eagles doing anything to upgrade their wide receiver corps? It’s a great question. It’s been tough watching Riley Cooper, whose eight catches are by far the fewest among NFL starters. The Eagles feel Damaris Johnson isn’t big enough to play opposite DeSean Jackson, training camp phenom Greg Salas isn’t much of a special teams player, and Jeff Maehl is the only real option at this point. And he’ll continue to get a look, but how much of an upgrade he is over Cooper remains to be seen. Although fans want the Eagles to acquire a veteran receiver in a trade, that’s not going to happen. The Eagles are trying to build from the ground up, and there’s no way they’re going to part with a draft pick or picks, even if it would upgrade the position for now. There’s nobody on the street who can help, either. So this is likely what the Eagles will move forward with. Even though nobody likes it.
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